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What actions should you take after a car accident?

Although you do your best to avoid trouble on the road, you never know if you could be part of a car accident in the future. If this happens, it's a must to know which steps to take.

The first thing you should do, no matter what else is going on, is check yourself for injuries. If you require any sort of medical assistance, don't wait to call 911.

From there, here are some other steps to take:

  • Help your passengers, such as by checking them for injuries
  • Move your vehicle to safety, if possible
  • Wait for police and an ambulance to arrive at the scene
  • Exchange information with the other driver, if you're in condition to do so
  • Document the accident, including what happened
  • Take photos of the accident scene and your injuries
  • Notify your insurance company of the crash

If you keep these things in mind, you'll find it much easier to deal with the aftermath of a car accident. Even though you may find it difficult to think straight, you need to take these important steps.

Once you receive treatment, you can turn your attention to the cause of the accident. You may find that the other driver is responsible, such as because he or she was texting and driving.

Regardless of your situation, don't hesitate to learn more about your legal rights. You may be in position to seek compensation from the negligent driver. By taking the right steps, you'll know that you're on the right path to putting your accident in the past as soon as possible.

Source: Allstate, "What To Do After A Car Accident: A Step-by-Step Guide," accessed Sep. 26, 2017

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